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New Society of 1895 members honored at ceremony and luncheon

Keith Pickus (center), WSU Foundation vice president for corporate and foundation relations, visits with new Society of 1895 members Ron and Elaine Steinke at the 2015 Society of 1895 Celebration April 9 at the Marcus Welcome Center.
Keith Pickus (center), WSU Foundation vice president for corporate and foundation relations, visits with new Society of 1895 members Ron and Elaine Steinke at the 2015 Society of 1895 Celebration April 9 at the Marcus Welcome Center.

special category of Wichita State University supporters — those who have included a gift to WSU in their estate plans — was recognized on April 9 with a celebration welcoming new members into the Society of 1895 and honoring existing members.

The Society of 1895 is named after the founding year of Fairmount College, the predecessor to Wichita State. Through their planned gifts, Society of 1895 members help secure the future of Wichita State while leaving a legacy of philanthropic support, said Mike Lamb, WSU Foundation vice president for planned giving.

During a private ceremony at the Marcus Welcome Center, Lamb congratulated the 35 new members and recognized those who attended the ceremony. A luncheon attended by about 160 people, including many existing Society of 1895 members, followed the ceremony.

During the lunch program, WSU President John Bardo spoke about the many exciting activities on campus, including the development of the Innovation Campus, the growth of the Honors College and plans to build a new residence hall for upperclassmen and graduates on the Innovation Campus. If that occurs as planned, Bardo said, Fairmount Towers would be torn down.

The student speaker for the program was Micah Fouquet, a Doris and Ralph Klose Scholarship recipient who is seeking a degree in secondary education. As a 29-year-old father of two, Fouquet said how much he appreciated WSU donors who are committed to helping students like him earn their degrees. Because of his scholarship, Fouquet said, he has been able to work only part-time and spend more time on his coursework and with his children.

Also speaking at the event were Elizabeth King, WSU Foundation president and CEO, and Shirley Lefever-Davis, dean of the College of Education.

Entertainment for the event was provided by Shockapella, a student-led barbershop quartet that won the Central States District Collegiate Contest in 2014. After performing two tunes, the foursome led those assembled in singing the WSU Alma Mater.

Photos from the event may be found in the WSU Foundation’s Facebook photo album by clicking here.

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